Primary Schools Jamboree
Thursday, October 12
Brent Smith writes:
The annual Under 11 school team jamboree was altered this year to teams of four in the hope of encouraging more entries, and 12 teams from 8 schools took part, compared with 9 teams from 6 schools last year. With smaller teams, each game became even more important to a team's overall chances and it was always likely that, to win, a team could only afford to drop a few points.
The weather was kind again, which is important when there are over 50 young children and a single big hall. The players were all keen to do their best with rounds 2 and 3 being particularly notable for the length of time before results started rolling in. It was all played in a friendly and sporting fashion (none of the teams brought their own portaloo with built-in chess computer), and after three rounds, there were still four teams in with a chance of getting their hands on the trophy (bigger and golder than ever before).
Eagle House A had got off to a flying start with two perfect rounds, followed by 3 / 4 in round 3 to leave them leading by 1½ points from Earley St. Peter's A and Polehampton, who in turn were a mere half point ahead of Caversham A, who were going for a hat-trick of wins in this event. Round 4 saw a number of games between these leading sides - indeed each team had two games against one or other of their main rivals. These games proved crucial to the final outcome.
The impressive laser display score-chart ticked over as the game results came in. Caversham had put in their best round to leap-frog Polehampton and grab a share of second place with Earley St. Peter's A, but by only a half-point; the same margin to Eagle House A, who clung on for a well-deserved victory, the foundations of which were apparent when they won the equivalent under 9 competition last season.
Last Season's Results